Installing Win 7 RC over Win 7 Beta in Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dkeninitz, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. dkeninitz macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2003
    Germantown, MD
    I currently have the Win 7 Beta installed on a dedicated internal hard drive (in my Mac Pro). I originally installed it using Bootcamp, then later bought VMware Fusion 2.0 so I could hot swap between OS X and Win 7. Fusion detected my original Bootcamp installation; I didn't do any reinstallation of the Beta.

    I upgraded to Snow Leopard last week.

    I'd like to install the Release Candidate. I realize it requires a clean install (I don't want to mess with using the terminal workaround I've heard about for installing over the Beta). What's the best way to do this? Should I simply run the Snow Leopard version of Bootcamp and have it do a new install? Do I have to wipe and reformat the Win drive, or will Bootcamp take me through that automatically? Do I need to do anything with/through Fusion?

    Thanks for any help. I've found a number of threads on installing the RC, but none specific to my fact set.
  2. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007

    a relatively easy way to do this, is to open bootcamp and go through the steps to return your hard drive to the original mac partition, this will delete your partition and you'll get back whatever size you had for windows, you'll see this when you open bootcamp, just follow the steps.
    then just go through the same thing you did for the Beta, but now for Win7.
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    That's completely superfluous.

    To the OP:
    Just pop in the DVD of Windows 7 RC and when you get to the partition selection screen, choose the option to reformat the Boot Camp partition before you select it for installation. This will erase any and all data stored on the Windows partition, and prep it for a new installation.

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